Osteria Via Stato brings seasonal ingredients with Italian flare to Chicago’s River North. Visit the enoteca for cicchetti (small plates) and a choice of 40 wines by the quartino or mezzelitre, or settle in for the $36 fixed price menu of the night. Wine Director Belinda Chang (formerly of Charlie Trotter’s and Fifth Floor) gracefully navigates the 300 bottle all-Italian list to accent the parade of antipasti and pasta courses that precede your selected entrée. Tell Chang, “Just bring me wine,” and you’ll get an expertly paired flight of three four-ounce pours available at $15 (“special”), $28 (“very special”) or $50 (“sommelier’s choice”).
620 N. State St., Chicago, Illinois
This story appears in the print issue of June 2008.
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